Published: Mon, November 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Auto bomb explosion kills at least 13 in northern Syria

Auto bomb explosion kills at least 13 in northern Syria

Turkey's defence ministry accused a Syrian Kurdish militia group, the People's Protection Units (YPG), of planting the bomb.

The reported exchange took place amid an American withdrawal from northern Syria, where U.S. forces had fought alongside Kurdish militias against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

The ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which was captured last month by Turkey-backed opposition gunmen from Kurdish-led fighters.

Despite all the efforts in fight against terrorism and providing peace in the region, the ministry said Turkey has been subjected to a serious disinformation campaign based on lies and biased reports such as the baseless and false reports about the use of chemical weapons during its operations in northern Syria.

Tal Abyad lies in a region that has seen some of the heaviest fighting since Turkey launched a military incursion against the YPG in northeast Syria last month, after the United States pulled its troops out from the region.

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters inspect the site of the vehicle bomb explosion.

On Oct. 22, Turkey also reached an agreement with Russian Federation on a 10-point plan to force the YPG/PKK group to withdraw from the planned terror-free zone.

Ankara considers the YPG an extension of the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting against the Turkish state for decades in demand of autonomy.

Ankara views the group as an extension of the PKK and plans to create a buffer zone in Kurdish-held areas for the resettlement of Syrian refugees now residing in Turkey.

Under the deal, Turkey is to assume control over one 120 kilometre wide section in the centre of the border, while Syrian government forces are to deploy to the east and west.

He added the "heinous attack" proves that Turkey's anti-terror operation in Syria is right and timely.

The Turkish-Russian deal last week allowed Syrian government forces to move back into border regions from which they had been absent for years.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday the Sochi agreement was "temporary" and that Syrian government would eventually take the country's northeast.

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